Push or Pull

What kind of writer are you? Someone who needs to be pushed to write? Or someone who would write no matter what, putting themselves out there, pulling themselves up by their bootstraps?
I’ve been both at different stages.
When you need a push to write:
To take the plunge—Maybe you had a teacher who inspired you, or a partner or family member who encouraged you to write. Or maybe you read something that was so amazing you wanted to write too. In any case, someone or something pushed you into the writing world.
To follow through—But writing can be a fickle process. Sometimes we get in funks where we can’t write or lose our confidence in our abilities. That’s when a nudge from a writing friend or taking steps to reinvigorate your creativity helps you keep going when the going gets tough.
To do what’s required—We can all hope we reach the point where contractual obligations and deadlines serve as the push to keep us writing.
When writing pulls you in:

Because you have a story to tell—Often we discover our love of writing because we have a story to tell, something that can only be expressed in words. And by taking that first step, you discover you have even more to say.
Because you’ve found your rhythm—Some days the writing comes easy. Those are good days, and they are earned because you’ve built up momentum in your story. Developing a writing routine can also help by giving your brain a set time when the words can pour forth.

Because you have goals you want to reach—And the only way to reach them is to keep writing. Sometimes that’s the only inspiration you need.

So at the end of the day, is your writing pulling you or pushing you? var gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”); document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “google-analytics.com/ga.js’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”)); try { var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-15029142-1”); pageTracker._trackPageview(); } catch(err) {}

5 thoughts on “Push or Pull

  1. L. Blankenship says:

    I think it's pretty obvious I'm being pulled along by the writing. 🙂

    It's definitely a “Stories I Need To Tell” situation, though I'm trying to spread out into “This'll Be Fun” territory.

  2. Laura Lee Nutt says:

    I'm normally a writer that pulls myself through. Setting goals is a big part of that. It makes it so that, even when I'm ready to scream with frustration at a story, I still feel the urge to get it done to reach a goal. And then, there are those times when my confidence takes a dive and my husband kicks me in the butt to get me back to writing.

  3. Elizabeth Twist says:

    Holy weird, Russian-accented Spam!

    I'm a push/pull sort of person. I want to write, but I don't. Sometimes it's all about the ideas, sometimes it's all about being anywhere but at my desk.

    I write because I love the thrill of letting narrative pour through me. But it is hard, so sometimes I need external motivation.

  4. SA Larsenッ says:

    I definitely have been a creature of both ends of this spectrum. Currently, I'm in the development stage, so my urge to 'just write, already' is practically killing me. 🙂

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